Oregon Guardsman faces child sex charges

Cody Cunningham is an Oregon National Guardsman facing child sex charges, Jan. 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Cody Cunningham is an Oregon National Guardsman facing child sex charges, Jan. 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Detectives with the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team have arrested a member of the Oregon Army National Guard and have charged with him sex crimes against children.

Cody S. Cunningham, 19, was arrested by members of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Steve Alexander confirmed. The arrest was at the direction of the Child Abuse Team and detectives with the Portland Police Bureau, Alexander said.

A spokesperson with the Public Affairs Office with the Oregon Army National Guard confirmed Cunningham is assigned to the Charlie Company, Second Battalion, 162nd Infantry based out of the Oregon Army National Guard in Gresham, located at 958 Northeast Kelly Avenue. His current status is listed as active. He is at the rank of a private and enrolled in June 2013, officials said. Cunningham works with the supply and logistics team, the spokesperson said.

Detectives have charged with him one count each of attempted second-degree sodomy, second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor. Police said the victim is under the age of 14. The reported conduct happened in Jan. 2014, police said.

Police said Cunningham used an online communication to solicit the victim to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct. Officials confirmed that Cunningham also offered or agreed to physically meet with the child.

Police, citing their on-going investigation, declined to release additional information, including who reported the case.

Cunningham is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Until the investigation is complete no disciplinary action can be taken against Cunningham, officials said.

Anyone with information on suspected child abuse can call the Child Abuse Team tip line at 503-731-3100 or 1-800-509-5439.

— Brent Weisberg

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